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Some call it stories. Others call it a blog. But here you'll find nuggets of goodness to use and -- you guessed it -- SHARE!

Donor Spotlight: Denise

April 7, 2021    in
This blog guest-written by Denise Powell of Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

My husband and I moved to Omaha 12 years ago. I’m originally from Miami, Florida and the daughter of Cuban and Chilean immigrants. My parents were (and continue to be) advocates for the Latino community, and passionate supporters or the arts, instilling in their children a duty to support and invest in our communities. As an adult trying to find my footing in this world, I became more aware of the barriers many women – particularly women of color - face professionally and personally. In Omaha I found it easier to connect with people doing work in the spaces I cared more about.

I’ve learned more about the unique and varying issues impacting under-resourced communities and how organizations and individuals in town are working to address them.

Donor Spotlight: Abra, supporter of Black & Pink

April 6, 2021    in
This blog is guest written by Abra, a supporter of Black & Pink.

Omaha has long needed affirmative, healing, anti-racist and intersectional housing, wrap around support, mental health, and community programs for LGBTQIA2S+ youth and young adults who are disproportionately impacted by racism, houselessness, violence, suicide rates, and carceral systems that only serve to increase trauma experiences. 
 
Black and Pink inspires me. We are lucky to have this organization with leadership in Omaha, seeking to change the experiences of queer youth and young adults in Nebraska. I am grateful to support Black and Pink National and the Opportunity Campus campaign in their collective and community efforts. 
 

Jan and Connie's lifelong volunteering friendship

April 5, 2021    in
This blog is guest written by Ana Bellinghausen, Sports Marketing Intern at Omaha Sports Commission

Jan Churchill and Connie Mangano’s connection began back at Norris Middle School more than 30 years ago as teachers and coaches.

“I remember walking into the school with Jan the first day and just knowing that she was someone I was going to walk out of this school with on my last,” Mangano said.

Mangano and Churchill worked alongside another teaching and coaching the middle school swim team. This was just the start of an opportunity that would become a staple in Mangano and Churchill’s life.

Philanthropic activism: Donors promote change through charity

Written by Katie Fourney    on April 1, 2021    in

 

Omaha, NEB – SHARE Omaha, now two years old, has provided the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro with a new portal for philanthropy.  SHARE Omaha is the newest way to promote and communicate philanthropic activism. Itself a nonprofit, SHARE Omaha offers an online place for nonprofits to consolidate their needs and a place for donors and volunteers to find organizations that meet their goals. It provides one website, SHAREomaha.org, where organizations can share their volunteer needs, their cash needs and their wish list of items. The website is also the single place where donors and volunteers can access over 500 nonprofits to find the ones that best fit their goals for contributing to doing good in the community.

6 Really Good Days: Do Good Week, April 19-24

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 30, 2021    in

Do Good Week is coming up starting April 19, and we’re about to find out the answer to the question, “What if we thought about all the different ways we can Do Good…for a whole week?

During this week of giving back, you’re encouraged to do good every day for local causes, in your own way. But if you need some ideas, each day has a theme that can get your creative (and generous) juices flowing:

Monday, April 19: Mission Monday – Think about the big causes that matter to you and what values you hold most dear. Reflect on important moments in your life and the experiences of your loved ones.

United Way of the Midlands' Day of Action

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 29, 2021    in
This blog is guest-written by Emily McKenna, marketing coordinator for United Way of the Midlands


This past year brought forth so many challenges for this country and ultimately for our community. COVID-19 has impacted all of us: our loved ones, our neighbors, our co-workers, and more. And we still have a long road ahead of us. For many, recovery— physically, mentally, and economically–will take time. Yet, we are not without hope. Through these dark times, we have learned that our greatest strength is our spirit of community. That spirit of community is especially evident in our local nonprofits who have been on the frontlines of COVID-19 and who have gone above and beyond to serve so many community members during this time.
 

SHARE Omaha Spurs New Philanthropic Ideas

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 26, 2021    in
Omaha, Neb – The first Do Good Week, April 19 – April 24, 2021, is a new way of giving and giving back introduced by SHARE Omaha. The week-long event coincides with National Volunteer Week and amplifies the mission of SHARE Omaha. Do Good Week, presented by FNBO, is different because it focuses on three major ways for the community to meet the needs of nonprofit organizations through building their volunteer base, fulfilling wish lists of goods needed, and financially supporting their work. The five themed days, more than one day of fundraising, represent the next evolution in community giving and volunteerism for Omaha and Southwest Iowa.
 

Give Together During Do Good Week

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 19, 2021    in
Let's state the obvious right off the bat: the last 12 months have been tough. Really tough. 


It's been hard on all fronts: our health, our careers, our families, our friendships... our entire community has changed, been compromised or stretched thin in one way or another.

Many people - like you, undoubtedly - have stepped up to help their neighbors. All of us in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area owe each other a big thank you. We all assisted each other through an unbelievably difficult time. And unfortunately, we are still very much in the thick of our challenges. 

The reality is that our local nonprofits are still struggling to keep up with ongoing, increased demand. And with COVID preventing in-person fundraising events, a significant revenue stream is cut to a trickle. 

Yet, hope remains. It's time for a large-scale, collective effort to lift our community.

SHARE Omaha Launches Do Good Week

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 19, 2021    in
Omaha, Neb – SHARE Omaha, announces that the organization is launching the first Do Good Week from April 19 - April 24, 2021. Coinciding with National Volunteer Week, Do Good Week amplifies the mission of SHARE Omaha to meet the needs of community organizations by financially supporting their efforts, building their donor base, fulfilling the wish lists of goods needed and volunteering. The week-long effort, with themed days, builds on the eight year history of Omaha Community Foundation’s Omaha Gives which ended in 2020. 
 

Guest blog: Mental health affects everyone

March 11, 2021    in
This blog is guest-written by Meka Tate, Mental Health Campaign Coordinator at The Wellbeing Partners.

Mental health affects everyone: One in two of us have a mental health condition in our lifetime, and even if you have not experienced one yourself, you likely have a loved one who has1. Mental health is a human experience, but negative attitudes and beliefs toward people with a mental health condition are common.
 

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